Original Research - Special Collection: The Reformation, Transformation and Change Agency

‘By faith alone’ (undivided loyalty) in light of change agency theory: Jesus, Paul and the Jesus-group in Colossae

Andries G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4355 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4355 | © 2017 Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2016 | Published: 26 April 2017


Share this article

Bookmark and Share

Abstract

This article aims to apply the model of change agent to the interpretation of Colossians. Presuming a continuity between Jesus and Paul, the article introduces the concept of ‘by faith alone’ from the Pauline letters. By this expression is meant an undivided fidelity to an inclusive approach to understanding God’s work, with concrete historical roots in Jesus’ crossing of gender, ethnic and cultural boundaries. Living in this manner requires reformation, transformation and change. The study spells out in fuller detail what is understood ‘by faith alone’ by discussing the meaning of ‘faith’ within its semantic domain embedded in the codes of 1st-century Mediterranean culture. Living in faith is both a change of one’s inner convictions and about a life in faith.

Keywords

Luther; Reformation; transformation; change agency; Jesus-Paul interrelationship; deutero-Pauline letters; Colossians

Metrics

Total abstract views: 897
Total article views: 969

 

Crossref Citations

1. Sketching the elements of a Christian theology of change
Hannelie J. Wood
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies  vol: 74  issue: 3  year: 2018  
doi: 10.4102/hts.v74i3.5061